NEWS FROM PROGRAMS & PROJECTS
19 December 2012 – The World Bank has announced the approval of a US$25 million loan to Peru for the Higher Education Quality Improvement project – “PROCALIDAD”. More than one million Peruvian students in higher education, universities and technical institutes will benefit in the next decade from the program. The financing will help more than 250 Higher Education institutions manage their accreditation process and access information for continuous quality improvement.
One of the first objectives of the project will be a substantial increase in activities related to self-evaluation and external evaluation of results. Information will also be gathered, via graduated student surveys, on current higher education conditions in the country to guide future reforms.
“PROCALIDAD arrives at an important juncture, as it will have a bearing on university, institute and higher education school improvements through accreditation,” said Patricia Salas (pictured), Peru’s Minister of Education.
In recent years, Peru has advanced significantly in economic terms, growing at rates above the regional average. This project will contribute to medium-term sustainability by providing an educational platform for developing competitiveness.
Because of this, “we need to balance access and quality to sustain growth, stop the replication of inequality within the system, and furnish the advanced human capital that the country is going to need in the next few decades,” said Susan Goldmark, World Bank Regional Director for Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
The educational quality improvement plan includes:
- Human Resource Formation, via internships, short-term training or professional exchange experiences, in order to train teachers and administrative staff.
- Technical assistance to drive academic reforms such as curricular modification, update of study plans, pedagogical organization, etc.
- Procurement of relevant materials such as software or multimedia equipment.
The National Educational Quality Evaluation, Accreditation and Certification System, SINEACE, will contribute to this process through PROCALIDAD.
“This project will promote continuous investment in higher education and will also contribute to improving the employability of youth,” maintained Peregrina Morgan, President of SINEACE’s Higher Council. While the project depends on legislative backing, Morgan added that “the Congressional Education Commission shares the priority assigned to higher education.”
Since 1947, the World Bank has provided financing for more than 11,000 projects in over 100 countries. To learn more about past and current IBRD projects, visit http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/PROJECTS/0,,contentMDK:21790401~menuPK:5119395~pagePK:41367~piPK:51533~theSitePK:40941,00.html
Source: The World Bank